About

Dr Karl has a M. Sc. in Biological Process Engineering (2007) and a PhD in biophysics (University of Western Australia, 2012). He has done postdocs in vector-borne diseases epidemiology and entomology at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute , James Cook University and PNG Institute of Medical Research. He is currently a Senior Research Officer in the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU and laboratory head of the entomology section at the PNG Institute of Medical Research. He has 65 research papers mainly in the field of vector-borne tropical diseases, a 14 year collaborative history with the PNG Institute of Medical Research and more than 5 years of full-time in-country research experience in PNG.

Dr Karl is currently a project leader in the NIH-funded Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence in Malaria Research in PNG (2017-2023) and a program director in an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-funded program to strengthen surveillance and control of malaria and arboviruses in PNG (Strive PNG, 2018-2020). Dr Karl is also leading the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis-funded mosquito monitoring activities in PNG (since 2017) as well as various studies funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 28+ research outputs authored by Dr Stephan Karl from 2014 onwards.

Current Funding

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National Health & Medical Research Council - Ideas Grants

Substandard bed nets and malaria: Causes, Impact and Solutions

Indicative Funding
$827,057 over 3 years
Summary
Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) are a cornerstone of malaria control. LLIN undergo strict testing overseen by WHO and are subject to inspections prior to delivery to recipient countries. Despite this, we found that LLINs delivered to Papua New Guinea (PNG) between 2013 and 2019 were unable to kill malaria mosquitos. Concurrently we observed a massive increase in malaria in PNG. This study is aimed at understanding the causes and impact of substandard LLINs on the global malaria burden.
Investigators
Stephan Karl, Norelle Daly, Ellie Sherrard-Smith, Jeremy Bougoure, Michael White, Lisa Reimer and Moses LAMAN in collaboration with Leanne Robinson, Ivo Mueller, Thomas Churcher, Julie Healer, Amelie Vantaux, David MacLaren and Tim Freeman (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Imperial College London, The University of Western Australia, Institut Pasteur, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Institute of Medical Research (PNG), Burnet Institute, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Institut Pasteur du Cambodge and Rotarians Against Malaria PNG)
Keywords
Papua New Guinea; Malaria; Bed Nets; Bioefficiency; Anopheles

Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health - Contract Research

Newly adopted tools and network against disease transmission (NATNAT)

Indicative Funding
$479,827 over 4 years
Summary
The proposed consortia and the NATNAT project, will support the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR) and PNG NDoH to adopt a 'framework for rapid assessment and adoption of new vector control tools' (VCTs) [1] for PNG and the South Pacific Region, including VCTs targeted at controlling Anopheline and Aedine populations.
Investigators
Stephan Karl in collaboration with Leanne Robinson and Moses LAMAN (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Burnet Institute and Institute of Medical Research (PNG))
Keywords
Capacity Building; Quality Control; Papua New Guinea; Education; Resistance; Empowerment

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - Pacific Infectious Disease Prevention (PIDP) Program

Building Capacity for Evidence Based Sustainable Vector Surveillance and Control in the Pacific

Indicative Funding
$4,974,884 over 3 years
Summary
This proposal will build the capacity of country-led programs for Aedes and anopheline borne disease control across Pacific Island countries to implement sustainable best practice surveillance and response plans based on a foundation of improved capacity and community engagement
Investigators
Tom Burkot, Tanya Russell, Stephan Karl, Kyran Staunton, Tessa Knox, Rabindra Abeyasinghe, Angela Merianos, Gregor Devine, Michael Nunan, Gerard Kelly, Lisa Natoli, Veronica Bell, Moses LAMAN, Adam Craig, Nigel Beebe and Leanne Robinson (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, World Health Organisation (Switzerland), Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Beyond Essential Systems, Red Cross Australia, Institute of Medical Research (PNG), The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland and Burnet Insitute)
Keywords
Dengue; Aedes; Capacity Building; Ministry of Health; Pacific region; Anopheles

Department of Industry - Innovations Connections

Testing of insecticidal and repellency

Indicative Funding
$49,214 over 1 year, in partnership with Australian Blue Cypress Pty Ltd ($49,214)
Summary
Testing the mosquito repellency of a topical lotion product manufactured by Australian Blue Cypress P/L (ABCPL) using colony Ae. aegypti mosquitoes in order to provide data for accreditation by the Australian pesticides and veterinary medicines authority (APVMA).
Investigators
Stephan Karl and Melanie Koinari (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Keywords
Mosquito repellent; Aedes aegypti; Kakadu Blue

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - DFAT Stronger Systems For Health Security

Stronger surveillance and systems support for rapid identification and containment of resurgent or resistant vector borne pathogens in Papua New Guinea.

Indicative Funding
$121,016 over 3 years (administered by Burnet Institute)
Summary
This project is aimed at stronger surveillance and systems support for rapid identification and containment of resurgent or resistant vector borne pathogens in Papua New Guinea. The subcontract to JCU includes a specific work package on arbovirus and malaria mosquito surveillance.
Investigators
Leanne Robinson, Stephan Karl, Alyssa Barry, Nigel Beebe and Jack Richards in collaboration with Moses LAMAN, Ivo Mueller, Evelyn Lavu, Lucy John, Christopher Morgan, Freya Fowkes, David Williams, Leo Makita, Nakapi Tefuarani, Nick Scott, Paul Horwood, Qin Cheng, Richard Price, Tom Burkot and William Pomat (Burnet Insitute, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Central Public Health Laboratory, National Department of Health (PNG), Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, The University of Queensland, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, University of Papua New Guinea, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Army Malaria Institute and Menzies Health Institute Queensland)
Keywords
Papua New Guinea; Health System Strengthening; Malaria; Arbovirus; Surveillance; Control

National Health & Medical Research Council - Career Development Fellowship

Plasmodium vivax transmission blocking studies in the South Pacific

Indicative Funding
$437,034 over 4 years
Summary
This project is aimed at better understanding transmission of P. vivax, the world's most widely spread malaria parasite. Using a newly established experimental platform that enables us to feed P. vivax infected blood to Anopheles farauti mosquitoes, we can start researching factors in human blood that determine P. vivax infection success, test new vaccine and drug candidates for their ability to block transmission and thus significantly advance science surrounding this neglected parasite.
Investigators
Stephan Karl in collaboration with Louis Schofield, Tom Burkot, Vicky Avery, Ivo Mueller and Laman Moses (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Griffith University, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Institute of Medical Research (PNG))
Keywords
Plasmodium Vivax; Anopheles Farauti; Malaria Vaccines; antimalarial drugs; transmission blocking immunity; Papua New Guinea

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Research Grant

A one health approach to establish surveillance strategies for Japanese encephalitis and zoonotic arboviruses in Papua New Guinea

Indicative Funding
$23,700 over 2 years (administered by CSIRO)
Summary
The project aim is to establish surveillance for JEV and other zoonotic arboviruses that affect the rural population of PNG. The major objectives are to: 1. Evaluate current detection methods to detect zoonotic arboviruses in the field and laboratory, and build capacity where gaps are identified. 2. Establish surveillance at selected sites using sentinel animal (pigs, chickens) and mosquito trapping 3. Develop linkages and coordination between human and animal health agencies. The primary outputs are to develop surveillance activities that contribute to early warning for public health and provide a better understanding of the ecological drivers of arboviruses in PNG.
Investigators
David Williams, Leanne Robinson, Paul Horwood, Stephan Karl and Dagmar Meyer Steiger (Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, Burnet Insitute and Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Keywords
Japanese encephalitis virus; Arbovirus; Papua New Guinea; Mosquito; Vector; Zoonotic

National Health & Medical Research Council - Project Grant

Field-based evaluation of a novel magneto-optical technique to diagnose malaria

Indicative Funding
$204,975 over 4 years
Summary
This project is aimed at field testing a novel method to diagnose malaria using magneto-optics. The method is to be applied in Papua New Guinea, in collaboration with the PNG Institute of Medical Research. The project is 2 years into its 3 year duration and has so far successfully tested 1000 patients in PNG.
Investigators
Stephan Karl, Istvan Kezsmarki, Moses LAMAN, Malcolm Jones and Peter Metaxas in collaboration with Timothy Davis, Timothy St Pierre, Brioni Moore and Ivo Mueller (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Budapest University of Technology & Economics, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia and Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)
Keywords
Plasmodium Vivax; Malaria diagnosis; Plasmodium Falciparum; Papua New Guinea; magneto-optical
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  • Defining transmission of malaria parasites from humans to mosquitos in Papua New Guinea (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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